UPDATE, JAN. 18, 3:38 P.M.: Accused mass killer Scott Evans Dekraai pleaded not guilty to eight murder counts at today's arraignment hearing in Santa Ana. If a feeling of deja vu just washed over you, fret not; Dekraai also pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing last year. Today's arraignme ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 13, 1:16 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office today announced that Oscar Zamora Pinedo faces charges that could have him spending up to six years in state prison for allegedly arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.What the Santa Ana 35-year-old did not know was t ... More >>
Having been referred to as human waste, I can sympathize with the former 44-year-old man from Artesia found in Rainbow Disposal's green waste transfer site in Huntington Beach Tuesday afternoon.How he got there--beyond, hopefully, being first placed in the proper-colored bin dedicated to organic ... More >>
Gay Davidson-Shepard, the retired Huntington Beach teacher and former teacher association president accused of sexually tag-teaming a 17-year-old male student with her retired teacher husband, was arrested today for allegedly contacting the victim.The 59-year-old called and texted the victim, who ... More >>
It's fair to say there are probably quite a few pissed-off potheads in Huntington Beach.Why? Well, because a ton -- 2,600 pounds, to be exact -- of fresh Mexican weed will never make into their pipes.On Nov. 12, law enforcement officials found a boat filled with about $1 million worth of weed alo ... More >>
Joshua PetersUPDATE, Nov. 18, 4:21 P.M.: The two meetings about controversial T-Mobile cell-phone towers that took place in Huntington Beach this week--Wednesday's at the city's Central Library, about a tower that was originally supposed to go in Bolsa View Park, and Thursday's at Harbour View El ... More >>
A short documentary about homophobia, bullying and school violence screens tonight in Huntington Beach.Admission is $5 to Teach Your Children Well at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach Central Library, with proceeds going to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.
An English photographer unearths his shots of burning cop cars and surfboards from 1986, then brings them back to SoCal
A 41-year-old Garden Grove man who was arrested after a handgun recovered during an investigation of white supremacist gangs matched the weapon used in a violent attempted robbery in Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury this week of attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a fir ... More >>
A new film opening in Huntington Beach tonight has prompted outraged viewers to demand tougher penalties for sex crimes and stronger laws to protect children and the disabled from sexual abuse.No, it's not Puss in Boots.It's Silenced or Dogani (The Crucible), and perhaps the title confusion wil ... More >>
John Andrew TorresUPDATE, NOV. 3, 11:13 A.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has identified the men killed by Huntington Beach police gang unit officers after a traffic stop in Westminster Tuesday afternoon as John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Bea ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested ... More >>
A Calvary Chapel church pastor and youth soccer coach has been arrested for allegedly picking up an 8-year-old girl for a play date with one of his five daughters but instead driving her to a Huntington Beach park, molesting her and giving her $40 not to say anything.She did.Christopher Raymond O ... More >>
Last October, amid much glitz, glamour but light attendance, the first ever Anaheim International Film Festival premiered, and while it's not quite one-and-done, organizers plan this year to sprinkle festival screenings in with regular UltraLuxe of GardeWalk programming throughout the fall. Meanw ... More >>
When it comes to popular culture, Huntington Beach is most known for its contributions to music (from surf to hardcore punk), reality television (2008's Ocean Force: Huntington Beach, O.C.) and power couples (MMA "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz and retired porn star Jenna Jameson). Un-retir ... More >>
Go to this downtown Huntington Beach hangout for its booze and kooky art, not so much the food
UPDATE, SEPT. 6, 2:59 P.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines pleaded guilty today to severely injuring a cyclist in a mid-day hit-and-run crash while driving with a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, three times the legal limit. The 38-year-old Huntington Beach resident accepted a co ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Strips and cheese? Blecch. Why does Huntington Beach love them?
In some Irish (or Irish-themed) pubs, it's news when at least one patron doesn't leave with a cut-up face before closing time. That's what happened to an unidentified man of undisclosed age early Monday at Killarney's Pub on Main Street in Huntington Beach: a patron smashed a drinking glass into ... More >>
Gay Davidson-ShepardUPDATE, JULY 26, 1:15 P.M.: Remember that creepy . . . excuse me, allegedly creepy . . . Huntington Beach teaching couple accused of sexually tag-teaming a 17-year-old student?Well, Gay Davidson-Shepard, 59, joined her 62-year-old husband Daniel Alma Shepard in retirement, acc ... More >>
Don the Beachcomber
Last year the buzz about the Golden Bear Club--a music venue demolished in 1986 that hosted Bob Dylan, the Doors and more--was that its latest incarnation would open in Huntington Beach early 2011. Well, half the year is done, and while its Facebook page showed images of construction (the i ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Is littering a way of life for some people?
UPDATE, MAY 17, 3:49 A.M.: Autopsy and toxicological reports reveal that the two teens found dead in a Huntington Beach apartment in January overdosed on prescription drugs, with alcohol contributing to one of the deaths, The Orange County Register reports. Aaron Saenz, 15, died from t ... More >>
House of Blues
John GilhooleyIf you've ever wondered what the story was behind places like Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic's, the LA Times published a good but short article on Donn Beach, father of the Polynesian-themed restaurant and a subculture of people called tiki-philes.
UPDATE, APRIL 25, 4:47 P.M.: Quoting an unnamed "spokesman for prosecutors," a Los Angeles-based television station reports today that more possible victims of Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard have come forward.Click here for the KABC/Channel 7 Eyewitness News report.
To be honest, we had about five other police mugshots we were hemming and hawing over this week, unsure which one to deem this week's ugliest.Then we went to the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page to look up some details about one of the criminals and feasted our stink eyes on Rich ... More >>
Courtesy Barbarasellsthebeach.comWhen they don't involve elected officials going apeshit at local gadflies, news headlines coming out of Huntington Beach's City Hall usually involve corruption. It's just something in the air, or maybe the water they drink over there. The trend first asserted itse ... More >>
Last Wednesday's edition of The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show included an item on an online plea to find the driver of a car that hit a motorcyclist in Huntington Beach, and then fled the scene.On Monday, an arrest in the case was announced on the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook ... More >>
Sunset Beach remains Sunset Beach--at least a little while longer, as more legal wrangling has stalled the annexation decision once again. The eclectic, 85-acre coastal community of about 1,300 was to be swallowed by Huntington Beach, as approved by the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commis ... More >>
Because a whopping 72 of its patrons were arrested for drunk-driving in a 22-month period, Baja Sharkeez in Huntington Beach will soon have to stop its entertainment at 11 p.m. nightly.Meaning no deejay-ing or live performances after that. Though alcohol can still be served until 1:30 a.m., when ... More >>
Brekkie is my favorite meal of the day. Pork products, eggs and potatoes are the best reasons to get up in the morning. Fish? Sure! I drove up PCH in Huntington Beach last week for a low-key seafood meal. We dined at Fish Camp, which has a chill, fast-casual concept seen at places such as Pei ... More >>
A British builder who became an Internet sensation by streaking before bouncing into a glass wall on a tennis court has a Huntington Beach connection.Tom Annandale, a 28-year-old from Manchester, U.K., spent a year playing rugby for a Surf City-based team.He presumably kept his uniform on back th ... More >>
As we recently reported, Huntington Beach takes the pathetic No. 1 spot in 2009 California DUI collisions among cities of its size. In an effort to tackle the issue, the Huntington Beach Police Department is pointing its finger at individual bars. Officers have been asking those arrested on suspi ... More >>
We're No. 1! We're No. 1! Oh, wait. Huntington Beach ranked first among California cities in its size category in 2009 alcohol-involved collisions per capita, according to data released this month by the state's Office of Traffic Safety. That year, 195 victims were killed or injured by drunk driv ... More >>
Edwin GoeiUnless you happen to frequent Boomers or amusement parks, Dippin' Dots--once the rage in malls along with Spencers Gifts and other '80s relics--are a rare sight these days. And with the recent closing of the Huntington Beach store on 19742 Beach Blvd., it's now rarer still. The novelty ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 25, 9:41 A.M.: The victims have been identified as Aaron Saenz, 15, of Westminster, and Chelsea Taylor, 16, of Huntington Beach. Their bodies were found at an apartment in the 15500 block of Huntington Village Lane, LA Times reports.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 24, 4:21 P.M.: A 15-year-old ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 18, 11:24 A.M.: Drunk drivers in Surf City will not be shamed--on Facebook, at least. Last night, the City Council voted down the recommendation to post mug shots of repeat DUI offenders on the social network, with council member Kevin Bohr saying the proposal "might be well- ... More >>
Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, a maintenance employee pulled up to Circle View School in Huntington Beach and noticed a guy carrying a shovel to the rear of the school grounds. The crewman called the Huntington Beach Police Department, and in the end, cops say, 21-year-old Celso Solano Arc ... More >>
It's the holiday season, and that means it's time to think about others, especially the less fortunate. In that vein, a fine charity called Coats for Kids is collecting new and used winter coats and jackets for underprivileged children. To commence the spirit of giving, they and Enlarge Media wi ... More >>
Main Street, Huntington Beach
UPDATE: With the release of a statement on the charges and other assorted details, this case is officially weird. We're talking love triangles, the botched return of a stolen cell phone and a fold-up knife hidden in a murder suspect's vagina. Needless to say, new info throughout. Jealousy may hav ... More >>
Chronic Tacos Enterprises [ugly, noisy website alert], the group behind the Chronic Tacos brand, have filed suit in United States District Court against the Huntington Beach franchisee of the brand, saying that they continue to use the Chronic Tacos trademark despite not having a valid franchise ... More >>
One day at band camp, this kid was shredding at Bolsa Chica when he slipped off his board and yelled, "Jesus Christ." So, it is not without precedence that a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will wade into the waters near Huntington Beach Pier Sunday morning to bless the waves.
Huntington Beach's pop-punk purveyors Runner Runner sent Twirlit an acoustic version of "So Obvious." It's a great version of the song, but how can it beat the video that was, according to the OC Weekly story that ran earlier this month,"so money?"Check it out after the jump.